Things have grown bleaker for PalmPre and Touchpad users with data stored on HP/Palm servers. In Don’t Worry Your Data Is Safe – Why HP Doesn’t Have Your Back, I wrote about my concerns regarding the ten plus years of data I have stored on their servers. This data, including contacts, to-do(s), and calendar, is inaccessible because I no longer have a WebOs device to access what I view is mine.
Why worry? On December 9, 2011 HP announced the contribution of webOS to the Open Source Community “to enable creativity of the community to accelerate the next-generation web-centric platform.”
Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer said, “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”
Nine months earlier HP announced the Palm acquisition at a cost of $ 1.2 billion with the view that the “combination will accelerate HP’s growth within the $100 billion connected mobile device market.”
Ethan Bauley wrote in HP’s official blog hub, “Users of webOS devices will continue to receive software improvements and updates in the future.”
Responding to a FAQ question: Will HP begin making webOS devices again? Bauley wrote, “As webOS gains traction as an open source alternative in the marketplace, you could see webOS on several different types of devices by any number of vendors.
We will explore the viability of putting webOS on devices, just as we do for other leading operating systems.”
My questions to HP are: does this action lessen your commitment to preserving the data on the HP/Palm servers? Will there ever be an alternative method to access personal data other than via WebOS devices or are we to rely on the kindness of strangers?
My suggestion to insure the safety and availability of personal data is to keep those WebOS devices, the Palm Pre and TouchPad, running as you shouldn’t expect WebOS to appear on any HP devices soon.
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